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UEFA fines Germany for fan behavior

European football's governing body, UEFA, has fined Germany's football association for improper conduct by fans in Ukraine. Spectators had set off fireworks and displayed an offensive banner at a game agaisnt Denmark.

UEFA said it was fining the German Football Association, the DFB, for "the setting-off of fireworks and the improper conduct of supporters."

The behavior that led to the 25,000-euro ($31,000) penalty included the display of offensive banners and symbols, one of which was considered to be neo-Nazi, in the crowd.

Members of the fans' group Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) spotted the banners, having been invited along to help identify racist flags and symbols at the tournament.

UEFA also said that "inappropriate chants" had been sung by some supporters.

The German team won the match 2-1, reaching a quarterfinal against Greece that they won 4-2. Germany, who face Italy in Warsaw for a semifinal on Thursday, can appeal but would have to do so within 24 hours.

It was the second fine of the tournament for the DFB. A 10,000-euro penalty was imposed after fans threw missiles onto the pitch during Germany's first match with Portugal on June 9.

rc/msh (AFP, dpa, Reuters)